Research Administration Training Manager

The George Mason University, Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) invites applications for a Research Administration Training Manager. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Department:

OSP is responsible for establishing and nurturing a dynamic environment which maximizes external funding for research, scholarly, and creative pursuits while ensuring that the university’s financial, contractual, and regulatory exposures are minimized. OSP provides guidance and support to the university community in its research efforts and creates an administrative environment which fosters the creative process and ensures protection of the university’s financial and contractual obligations.

About the Position:

The Research Administration Training Manager position is part of the Research Administration team in OSP, which is responsible for training and outreach as well as systems management and reporting. This dynamic position will manage all training and associated training tasks related to sponsored project administration for Mason’s research community. This important position serves as the main point of contact for information sharing and networking with the university community on training needs.



  • Develop, schedule, and deliver in-person, virtual, and prerecorded regular formal group training to the university community on research administration topics including pre-award and post-award management, compliance, and expenditure transactions.
    -Leverages technology to expand delivery platforms;
    -Reserves appropriate space, promotes sessions, and maintains attendance and other records for reporting purposes;
    -Consistently reviews participant training evaluations and learning outcomes to ensure training is useful and effective;
    -Maintains open office hours, and schedules one-on-one meetings as needed, serving as a resource for the entire university community related to research administration.
  • Create and update written training materials, visual aids, manuals, guides, forms, videos, and presentations for research administration topics.
    -Ensures all training materials and related documents are prepared in a user-friendly, understandable, clear, concise, accessible, and visually appealing format, and are well-written;
    -Ensures information is accurate, relevant, and consistent with all university, state, federal, and sponsor regulations and guidelines for research administration;.
    -Maintain and update website content and online trainings for OSP and the GMU online learning system;
    -Provide regular communication and updates through the university research administration email distribution lists and other platforms.
  • Manage and coordinate certificate programs related to research administration, including implementation, delivery, and materials.
    -Develops new presentations, and training materials for certificate programs, and schedules, communicates, evaluates, and tracks participants for all sessions. Updates existing curriculum as needed.
     Required Qualifications:

    * Bachelor’s degree preferably in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field of study; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
    * Training, presentation, and writing experience in a fiscal or business environment;
    * Ability to lead formal and informal individual, small, and large group trainings both in-person and virtually;
    * Ability to create new and revise existing training resources and materials;
    * Strong skills with video conferencing software, video editing software, Microsoft Word/Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and other presentation software, Adobe software, website management, and listserv management;
    * Strong written and oral communications skills, and strong organizational skills;
    * Strengths in collaboration and high-quality customer service;
    * Analytical, technical, and fiscal operations experience in a business, university, or sponsored programs environment, including the use of enterprise-wide systems;
    * Working knowledge of sponsored research administration and the ability to understand the effects of sponsored research policies and procedures on end-user operations and personnel.

      Preferred Qualifications:

    * Certified Research Administrator;
    * Knowledge of and ability to interpret/apply federal, state, and sponsor rules and regulations to sponsored project management.

    Candidates must be one of the following: 
    * A citizen of the United States; 
    * A person who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (a “Green Card” holder); 
    * A person who is a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a) (3); or 
    * A person who is otherwise able to become generally eligible to receive unclassified technical data pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

    Mason offers a great benefits package, including retirement, life insurance, supplemental retirement options, flexible reimbursement accounts, health benefits and much more!

Contact Information

George Mason University



4400 University Drive, MSN 4C6

Fairfax, VA 22030


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

U.S. Citizen


Target Job Information


  • Full Time